I joined the forum having lurked for a while. It's lovely to know that there's a community of people out there ready to give advice and share in the challenges that RA brings.
My condition announced itself suddenly last August when my big toe felt like it was broken. Initial diagnosis suggested Gout but then it spread quickly to both feet and hands. A winter of referrals and appointments followed until I got my RA diagnosis in March. It continues to spread.
I am very lucky to have a good network of friends, a patient partner and a very flexible boss who has bought me a laptop so I can work from home whenever I feel bad. I can't imagine what life would be like if I had to rely on a healthy body for my income.
Anyway, I'm capable of being incredibly dull so I'll save my hobbies, interests and life stories for another time.
Good to be in the gang at last.